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slugs in compost

Postby daviecyldebank » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:17 pm

I am new to composting only been doing it a couple of months i have one of the plastic bins but every time i put stuff in it i seem to be finding a lot of slugs mainly inside the lid of the bin is this something to worry about ?
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Pa Snip » Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:42 pm

Nothing to worry about if you are a shareholder in the Saxa salt company.

I do try to kill them off in my bins just to stop them moving onto the stuff I am trying to grow, but another lot move in pretty quickly.

At least they help break down the compost (allegedly) but when you distribute the compost back around your plots you also distribute the underground slugs.

Catch 22 (or maybe more if you go out at night with a torch :D )
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Westi » Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:45 pm

Get loads of slugs in my plastic bin at home, less at lottie with my pallet bins. Take them off & dispose of them as best you can! That compost will have slug eggs in them - try to heat it if you can before you put it on your beds!

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Postby dan3008 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:07 pm

Not an issue I've ever noticed. Although, my whole garden has a slug problem this year, so its likely that I've just not looked at the right time. Personally, I've been putting the compost through a rotary sift with a very fine (~1mm, but dont quote me, I'm measuring by eye) mesh... So I hope that would crush the eggs out of existence... and gives the compost a beautiful crumb...
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Pa Snip » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:22 pm

Hi Dan
That mesh size sounds more like a flour or caster sugar sifter.

A normal garden sieve would probably let eggs and small black slugs through it so I suspect many of us are perpetuating the problem of slugs on the plot itself

I loved sieved soil and try to sift the soil at least where root crops are going to go, but its getting to be very arduous work

I first fancied one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scheppach-RS40 ... B0016N0K7S
when they were £399, gone up a bit since. Anyway I have no electricity supply, nearest lamp post is too far away :D
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Postby daviecyldebank » Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:13 pm

thank you for the advice everyone
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Westi » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:06 pm

I'm going for the heat treatment for when I sort the compost. Traded my insulated plastic sheet fencing with my neighbour for his steel sheets so have the basic equipment & a huge pile of material to burn without even doing the winter prunings! I'll still have to sieve it of course but determined not to transfer the weed seeds & other nasties! Got to work out a method of raising it over the fire, but I'm sure just the ashes will have enough heat to just put it direct on top.

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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Primrose » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:06 pm

Westi. Just check the compost very carefully first for any small hibernating toads or frogs. You don't want to be contributing to the nation's disappearing toad problem!
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby dan3008 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:20 pm

Pa Snip wrote:Hi Dan
That mesh size sounds more like a flour or caster sugar sifter.

A normal garden sieve would probably let eggs and small black slugs through it so I suspect many of us are perpetuating the problem of slugs on the plot itself

I loved sieved soil and try to sift the soil at least where root crops are going to go, but its getting to be very arduous work

I first fancied one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scheppach-RS40 ... B0016N0K7S
when they were £399, gone up a bit since. Anyway I have no electricity supply, nearest lamp post is too far away :D


your right there pa, I found the user manual today while tidying the shed... its a ~3mm mesh(1/8 inch to be exact) and it has a bigger 5mm one(3/16 inch)... so yeh, I'm rubbish at guestimating lengths.

I wish I had the money for one of them lol... My one is an old hand me down from my grandad and is hand powered. Still, gets the job done nice
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Pa Snip » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:53 am

dan3008 wrote: My one is an old hand me down from my grandad and is hand powered. Still, gets the job done nice



As long as job gets done that's all that counts. well done

It was 4 years ago when I really needed a powered sieve, having just taken my current plots on I was sieving soil and removing barrow loads of stones,
example, there were 15 barrow loads which had accumulated at the front of the plot alone.


As the subject is slugs in compost, guess what I had, yet another load of, delivered yesterday..........................minus the slugs
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:22 am

I've got a rotary sieve that used to be dad's, but I rarely use it as there are so many worms in the soil and compost. You always miss some if you try removing them before sieving and I'm not into mincing wildlife. Might make an exception for slugs but it still seems cruel.
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Westi » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:01 pm

Hi Primrose,

Every critter except a rat will be protected! x

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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Pa Snip » Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:36 am

Whilst sieving we try and retain worms without harm.

So we collect them up and take them back to their roots by placing them safely where they serve out a life sentence ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ :D Wormwood Shrubs
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby Westi » Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:57 pm

Funny Pa!
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Re: slugs in compost

Postby robo » Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:27 pm

Wormwood shrubs is a bit far for our worms to walk but they do have strangeways
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